Regie Cabico

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Regie Cabico is a poet and theater artist who produces the annual festival "Capturing Fire: A National Queer Poetry Slam And Summit" with the DC Center. He is also is the co-founder and host of La Ti Do, a weekly spoken word and musical theater series which received a 2012 nomination for Best Theater Production by The Washington Blade, and hosts Sparkle, a monthly queer open mic for everyone at Busboys and Poets.

Cabico won the 1993 Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam and took top prizes in the 1993, 1994, and 1997 National Poetry Slams. He has worked as a slam coach for individual and team competitors in the US and Canada, including the DC Youth Slam Team. He has received three New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships for Poetry and Performance Art and received the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award presented by Poets & Writers. Cabico has been a member of several award-winning slam teams.

Cabico has co-edited two anthologies: Flicker and Spark: A Contemporary Queer Anthology of Spoken Word and Poetry (Lowbrow Press, 2013), and Poetry Nation: A North American Anthology of Fusion Poetry (Vehicule Press, 1998). His work appears in Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, and Spoken Word Revolution, Short Fuse, Poetry Slam, Full Moon on K Street: Poems About Washington D.C., among other anthologies. He has appeared on two seasons of HBO's Def Poetry Jam and his plays have been produced at the DC Fringe Festival, the Humana Theater Festival, Joe's Pub, The Public Theater, Dixon Place, Theater Offensive, and the Kennedy Center Play Lab. He is former artist-in-residence for NYU's Asian Pacific/American Institute and former Artistic Director of Sol & Soul in Washington, DC.

Cabico was born in Baltimore, MD and raised in the DC suburbs of Prince George's County. He is gay and of Filipino descent. He currently lives in Washington, DC.

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Submitted by Kim Roberts, December 2013

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